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HB 12-1321: Personnel System Modernization

Merit Pay System

  • Replaces the performance awards with a merit pay system in order to provide periodic salary increases for personnel, developed by the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) director using a criteria based on the relationship between performance rating and salary range distributions.
  • Initial system must include quartiles for the salary range distribution and three performance categories, with the highest performance category receiving the highest rate of merit pay.
  • Establish priority groups (based on length of service, relation to salary range midpoint, performance, recruitment, retention needs, etc.) that receive merit pay increases based on available money.
  • The following are ineligible to receive merit pay increases:
    • An employee who receives an unsatisfactory performance evaluation
    • An employee who is at or above the maximum amount of his or her salary range, but may receive non-base building merit payment.
  • DPA must include the merit pay information and recommendations in the annual compensation report.

State Employee Reserve Fund

  • Creates the fund with subaccounts for each department for the purposes of providing merit pay to certified employees.
  • The heads of each department include eligible merit pay increases in annual budget requests.
  • Any allowable annual reversions of money appropriated for personal services-related line items and other moneys may be credited to the respective subaccount of each department.
  • Up to $2 million may be reallocated between departments by the Governor.

Appointments and Promotions

  • Replaces the competitive test with a system based on a comparative analysis of candidates using objective criteria developed by the DPA director.
  • DPA director must establish procedures to exempt a position from the state personnel system and to separate and demote a certified employee who is not eligible for retirement within five years of 2013.
  • Expands the hiring pool of personnel applicants from three to six.
  • Appointing authorities from departments to consider qualified certified employees that were laid off for any vacant, funded positions.
  • Directs the DPA to establish a layoff plan for use by departments to provide post-employment compensation or other benefits to employees that are laid off.

Bumping Rights

  • Limited bumping rights to those persons who, as of January 1, 2013, are within 5 years of being eligible for full retirement.
  • Requires the DPA director to establish procedures for those employees who do not have bumping rights, giving consideration to performance evaluations and seniority.

Temporary Employment

  • Extends the constitutional limit on temporary employment from six to nine months and establishes a four-month waiting period between temporary appointments for the same position.